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‘Love Muslim neighbors’ billboard coming to Murfreesboro

17 September 2012 22 Comments Email This Post Email This Post

‘Love Muslim neighbors’ billboard coming to Murfreesboro

A new message encouraging local residents to “Love Your Muslim Neighbors” is slated to go up on a South Church Street billboard by the end of the month.

The message is being placed on a billboard at 1015 S. Church St. by a self-described Washington, D.C.-based Christian advocacy and education organization called Sojourners, according to the group’s communications director, Tim King.

King said the organization decided on Murfreesboro as a location after several residents living within a 100-mile radius of the city took notice of the group’s message on a billboard in Joplin, Mo., and began calling for one to be placed here.

The billboard on which Sojourners placed its message in Joplin was just three blocks from where six people were shot dead outside a Sikh gurudwara.

King said the people who contacted the organization from the Murfreesboro area told Sojourners of the controversy that surrounded the building of a mosque here.

“I think the people from your area just saw the conflict and controversy and they wanted to put out a very different message,” King said, adding that the message is that “Jesus said the greatest commandment is to ‘love thy neighbor.’

“There were no other criteria or stipulations,” King said.

King said Sojourners is an organization that “does not believe we all need to believe in the same thing to get along.”

“Even when people believe in different things, they can live together in peace,” he said.

The billboard is set to go up by Sept. 24.

The Tennessean, 15 September 2012


  1. nice

  2. we need those billboards on every street in the country

  3. Wow. From Murfreesboro of all places.

  4. Done.

  5. Im a muslim and live in Turkey. I respect people non muslims. it is not my business. cos religon is betwwen God and beliver. But when people generalize muslims for a lets say bad event it realy hurts me.

  6. as it is said……”Seek first to understand, then to be understood”

  7. Well, I can say that I am against the persecution of Muslims or anyone in the Us, but from what I have read on how they treat gay people(homosexuals) in arabic society, its a shame to think Muslims don’t feel the same way about me. They would cut off my head or torture me or hang me for being gay. It is ironic when you find yourself defending other’s rights who woudln’t defend yours. Still, im a Christian so I know Jesus would want me to stand against injustice wherever it is and by whoever it is. Peace everyone.

  8. I still have to work up the courage to go experience a mosque for myself but I’m still a big chicken

  9. these need to be put up in small towns in Right-leaning states across the Nation…..

  10. Now that’s anti Islamophobia!

  11. thats nice 🙂

  12. Arabs make up a scant 20 percent of the Muslims in the world, P Fitzgerald Chks.

  13. Chris, a Mosque would love you to come and visit them. they are most welcoming to non-Muslims. You should go and not be afraid. I know I was a little nervious the first time I went but they were so nice. 🙂

  14. @P. The Abrahamic religions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, have traditionally forbidden sodomy, believing and teaching that such behavior is sinful. If you live in a country that is controlled by religion and does not tolerate you, then I guess it must be very hard. Hopefully we will see more secular governments where everyone can be tolerated.

  15. Turkish governments have killed and harassed their minorities for many years.

  16. I can’t see how the signs would help apart from t’ use up idiots ammunition by providing targets. Any change has t’ come from knowledge and acceptance by and of everyone, not because of any collective identity but despite it. I hope for the equality of peace and try t’ play my part in that as a very small cog in an expanding clock, with no hope of success. We live on a sphere, we are all each others’ neighbour. Love and peace be with everyone. X

  17. Why is it that every time someone in the GLBT wants equality – someone else quotes a bible passage. There are thousand of laws, but this is the one that seems to fire people up. Every religion has its own covenant with G-D, so let’s get on with Equality ! And when we see Equality for Women (the majority of people in the world) – in the Arab/Muslim world , then and only then, can we ever have a way Forward…….

  18. Thoughtful comments. My wish is for a greater expression of tolerance and acceptance from within the whole Muslim community. All we know is what we see on television and that is not a very pretty picture – nor is it a fair representation of who the Muslim people are. It’ll be difficult, if not impossible, to effect a change for the better in many (most?) Americans attitudes and beliefs about Muslims if all we SEE and READ is intolerance and (many would say) ingratitude coming out of the Islamic world. Certainly America is not perfect, we’ve had our transgressions and made our mistakes. But, we’ve done more good for the world than any nation in history. And, yes, we’re a proud people and perhaps a bit self-righteous at times. Maybe, just maybe, we’ve earned that because we’ve sacrificed so much for the good of mankind. At the end of the day there is no people more generous, more accepting and more tolerant than Americans anywhere. But, we can’t do this alone. Please, erect your signs, welcome us into your mosques and say hello when you pass us on the street. Whatever you decide, make an effort to show Americans that the images on our televisions aren’t a true reflection of the Muslim people. We’ll all be better off when that happens. Peace.

  19. All praise is to Allah SWT. He guides whom He wills.

    The conduct of the people who are putting-up these signs is commendable in the highest degree.

    May He bless them.

  20. @Cynthia neal: In Indonesia, we had a woman president once, we currently have women governors, so many women senators/legislators, name a job, and you will find woman in that job. We even have women as members of Indonesia’s ulama council (MUI). So, women do have equal rights. but yeah… we are not arab. never be one. not even close.

  21. Shariq Jamal,

    “He guides whom He wills.” so why do muslims get upset with people who are unguided? it is allah’s will.

    [2.7] Allah has set a seal upon their hearts and upon their hearing and there is a covering over their eyes, and there is a great punishment for them.
    [2.8] And there are some people who say: We believe in Allah and the last day; and they are not at all believers.
    [2.9] They desire to deceive Allah and those who believe, and they deceive only themselves and they do not perceive.
    [2.10] There is a disease in their hearts, so Allah added to their disease and they shall have a painful chastisement because they lied.
    [2.11] And when it is said to them, Do not make mischief in the land, they say: We are but peace-makers.
    [2.12] Now surely they themselves are the mischief makers, but they do not perceive.
    [2.13] And when it is said to them: Believe as the people believe they say: Shall we believe as the fools believe? Now surely they themselves are the fools, but they do not know.
    [2.14] And when they meet those who believe, they say: We believe; and when they are alone with their Shaitans, they say: Surely we are with you, we were only mocking.
    [2.15] Allah shall pay them back their mockery, and He leaves them alone in their inordinacy, blindly wandering on.
    [2.16] These are they who buy error for the right direction, so their bargain shall bring no gain, nor are they the followers of the right direction.
    [2.17] Their parable is like the parable of one who kindled a fire but when it had illumined all around him, Allah took away their light, and left them in utter darkness– they do not see.
    [2.18] Deaf, dumb (and) blind, so they will not turn back.
    [2.19] Or like abundant rain from the cloud in which is utter darkness and thunder and lightning; they put their fingers into their ears because of the thunder peal, for fear of death, and Allah encompasses the unbelievers.
    [2.20] The lightning almost takes away their sight; whenever it shines on them they walk in it, and when it becomes dark to them they stand still; and if Allah had pleased He would certainly have taken away their hearing and their sight; surely Allah has power over all things.

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